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Ray Cash
C.O.D. (Cash on Delivery)

raycashdelivery.jpgOhio has never really been considered a hot spot for hip-hop. The only noteworthy rappers to come from the Midwestern state are teen titan Bow Wow and tongue twisters Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. That was until Cleveland representative Ray Cash emerged last year with the pimpalicious single “Sex Appeal.” But those expecting the standard money, cash, hoes fodder from the bespectacled MC will be pleasantly surprised by his debut disc, C.O.D. (Cash on Delivery).

Things jump off with the lyrically dense “Payback,” where Cash drops more lines than Tetris over breezy snares and a scratched vocal snipe, then he goes flow for flow with T.I. on the Rick Rock–produced “Bumpin’ My Music.” But it’s the hypnotic “Take It How You Want It” that best displays Ray Scrilla’s witty wordplay. “I been poppin’ my collar since poppin’ a collar been popular/’Cause I’m fresh to def and popular don’t mean I won’t pop at cha.”

The lyrical darts are just as sharp when Cash taps into his softer side. On the repentant “I Know You’re Sayin’” he vividly breaks down the inner turmoil of a bitter breakup over a soulful ’70s sound bed. The Chad Hamilton–produced “Better Way” displays similar depth, as Ray and Beanie Sigel deliver heartfelt rhymes about surviving the everyday struggle. However, Cash saves his best bars for the politically charged “Fuck Amerikkka,” passionately spittin’, “You travel to space, other planets lookin’ for Martians/Kids in your own fuckin’ cities is starvin’/Sending money to feed people in the third world country/Muthafuckas sleepin’ on the street dirty and hungry.”

The only time the rookie falters is with the bland drug ballad “The Bomb,” which winds up being a dud because of Rockwilder’s played-out faux–West Coast track. Aside from a few unimaginative hooks (like on “Smokin’ & Leanin’”), C.O.D. is a solid debut that’s right on the money.—ANSLEM SAMUEL

  • chico34

    get da album cause dude has lyrics and some subjects that dont contain hoes,cars,or ice….dont be fooled by his singles

  • $iLEAN$

    IM FROM CLEVELAND AND THIS DUDE DOIN HIS THING. GO COP THIS ALBUM. HE GOT LYRICAL SKILLS UNLIKE MOST OF THE DUDES IN THIS RAP GAME.

  • http://YAHOO 1 K.I.N.G W.A.T.R

    HE IS NASTY AS HELL WITH HIS FLOW. THIS NIGGA IS WHAT TI THINKS HE IS. DID ANY BODY HERE HOW TRASH TI ALBUM IS RAY CASH IS KILLEN THIS NIGGA LYRICAL SKILLAZ RAY KEEP DOIN YA THE TI STEP YA GAME WAY UP!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joe Black

    I like that southern drawl. I’ll pick it up.

  • boxingking3000

    ya ima definetley get it. i love bumpin my music with scarface. midwest needs more talent like cash

  • youngdollarz

    Yo I’m from the East Cleveland, this dude is telling y’all what’s going down in a world of pain, crime, and death by the minutes. Y’all talk about real niggaz well u got one my nigga Ray Cash keep holdin “Da Hill” down homie

  • BIG KEV

    Dude is tight as hell,keep doing it RAY.

  • http://aol nyceAka chris banks

    Ray Cash is fire he is one the underrated cats in the game he is fire

  • Get Live

    Ray Cash is goin be the R.O.Y. for 06. I’m from East Cleveland and its like a godsent for somebody to finally be resurrecting the music in C-town. Ain’t nobody been talkin bout Cleveland since Bone and now we back on the map again. I’m coppin that Cash On Delivery before it drops on bootleg and I’m gettin the authentic when it drop.

  • nykky

    RAy is tha real deal fa sho! His skillz is like no other. Keep doing your thing baby!

  • http://XXL.COM 1&ONLY

    I THINK I’M GONNA PICK THAT UP. I LIKE THIS DUDE AND THAT SONG BUMPIN’ MY MUSIC

  • RK-Krayzy

    CLE 4 LIFE. Ray Cash, 216, Fat AL… We next on tha hiphop scene.

    SCT – St. Clair Thug

  • jon longway

    this dude is hard as fuck! cash is real smooth and has a good ear for music man! i like this album too if you dont got it then get it cause its nice! bout time we get some more lyrical talent in hip hop cause its been slackin on that tip! good shit ray keep doing what you do!

  • fuck da south (xcept luda)

    midwest got next da south is weak and ppl are starting to realize it…finally-i wont have to argue with people telling them why mike jones isnt better than jay-z

  • South Repasenta

    Ray Cash got fire, and im looking foward to hearing him in the future. He down with UGK and face so you no he worth something. To 1 K.I.N.G W.A.T.R. you a fucking hater T.I. is the king you hatin azz nigga!

  • Knowledge

    Man ya boi Ray Cash is cold imma cop that!

    Quit hatin

  • blak

    Fuck t.i rep that ray cash if u a real nigga.

  • Karim

    Cash on Delivery Ima go cop that shit Ray Cash is good he got flow and good lyrics

  • http://myspace.com/ranrice RanRice(pronounced rees)

    It’s about time cleveland get somebody, we always pullin eachother down & takin everybody else slang cause we aint got our own style, but trust me, its only gonna be like 4 cat’s to come out of cleveland & get a deal in like the next 10 years. We hate on eachother too much & we all wanna be the first nigga to put cleveland on the map & when everybody climbin to the top it’s gonna make it harder for everybody else cause we dont stick together, & trust me im from 116thbuckeye(where ray shot most of his video) this shit hap’n everyday.

  • duvalrepresenta

    im impresssed with the review cant wait to hear it

  • Tha Pimp of tha west nigga

    yo he got some hot joints out like dat sex appeal shit dat been stuck in my head for almost a year..and that shit he got out now bumpin my music is hot to..do ya thing nigga

  • yallsuck

    cd is unreal.. best new lyricist

  • HEMZ

    this is shit. clevland is wack.. pussys.. its da west coast bitches g-unit crip niga g-unit west bitch

  • dope boy

    dat nigga openin the worlds eyes to the real niggas in c-town and whether you like dat nigga our not, he makin niggas in other states respect the real niggas in cleveland,somebody else other than lebron can bring light on our city. laims keep hatin, fuck any nigga hatin on c-town.GET MONEY an quiet focusing on wut the next nigga doin. we back on the map bitch. ray done opened the flood gates. fuck everybody that ain’t down wit the play. PUSSIES!

    99th MILEZ nigga

  • http://www.MySpace.com DJ Kenny Kiloz (Producer)

    Yo Yo Yo my boy Ray Cash is hott wit dat flow, i have 2 give it up 2 him, he reps the Land nice and hes holding it down, I would like 2 see Cash 2 put up nikkas like Fat Al and his camp, me and my camp (DJ Kenny Kiloz), but Cleveland is getting up there, The 1st Rican bound 2 make it from Cleveland.

  • Lo-D

    cd is sick…she a g is the best track on there beat lyrics hook the total package

  • yayo

    thats fucked up, the bomb is one of my favorite songs, the cd is defintaely dope
    a different site shitted on his review but i dont give a fuck hes got a grimey flow.

  • http://Grindville.com T-Dubb

    Only a nigga from the Middle can get down like that.

  • allnice

    This dude is really talented, definitely worth listening too. If he expands into crazier topics, hell be a menace. Definitely worth a listen, for real.

  • http://myspace.com/forevertrill305 papermaker

    yall should of went ahead and have Ray da XXL. The album is flawless.

  • http://aol.com sha

    im from east cleveland … too

  • http://www.jplegacy.org Maurice Greening

    Ray Cash really suprised me when I’ve downloaded the album. I liked every song on there. This guy got some skillz!

  • DaCocoB

    Classic. 2 in one year if you count Calngin’ & Swangin’.

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